I've been wondering which country spends the most money on board / card games? Are there any statistics available?

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    The one with the greatest number of MtG players :-) Dec 28 '15 at 17:51
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    What about other collecting card games (Pokemon, Yugio or however you write it, Harry Potter, ...) and other board games? Is it one game to dominate them all, to find the money, one game to bring it all to Wizards of the Coast and bind it? Dec 28 '15 at 17:54
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    @DrunkCynic not necessarily - I can get a good estimator of (say) the country that spends the most on wine simply by asking consumers how much they spend on wine; I don't need to talk to every wine retailer. No reason I can't (in theory) do the same for board games. Dec 28 '15 at 18:13
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    @moose Total or per capita?
    – John
    Dec 28 '15 at 18:54
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    @John I don't care. If I have one, I can calculate the other easily. But I think per capita would be the more interesting one. Dec 28 '15 at 19:17

So looking online I found this from 2015.

It says

More are sold per capita in Germany than anywhere else on earth

Magic the Gathering is big, with something like 20 million players worldwide, however that will pale in comparison to board game sales so I'd be likely to ignore card games as they won't add a huge amount overall compared to board games.

So in conclusion, Germany looks like the best bet

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    That would also track with Essen Spieltage, which is I believe the biggest board gaming convention there is world wide, held in Essen, Germany. Spieltage means game days in english.
    – Andrew
    Jan 17 '18 at 17:55

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